The Greater Cincinnati regional business community continues to lead the way in inclusion and equal rights. In 2019, Cincinnati received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index. Greater Cincinnati is also the birthplace of the Minority Business Accelerator (MBA). Run by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, the MBA is considered a national model for minority economic development.
The City of Covington scored 96 on the 2020 Municipal Equality Index, the second highest-scoring city in Kentucky in ratings released by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ advocacy group. Eight Northern Kentucky cities – Covington, Dayton, Bellevue, Highland Heights, Fort Thomas, Cold Spring, Newport and Crescent Springs – have passed fairness ordinances banning LGBTQ discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations over the last several years.